The Stephen M Levin Biotensegrity Archive

The Stephen M. Levin Biotensegrity Archive is dedicated to presenting, advancing and extending Dr. Stephen M. Levin's observation that tensegrity architecture provides an essential model for biologic structure: biotensegrity. As the study of tensegrity in biology is fairly new, biotensegrity is a continuously emerging area of scientific inquiry.

Special Announcements:
the Archive is co-sponsoring a series of online
BiotensegriTea Parties

Grab a cup or glass of the beverage of your choice and join us for our weekly online biotensegrity-focused social hour. To register, sign up for the Archive's email list here and a registration link will be sent out with our newsletter. Or, subscribe to the Archive's YouTube channel here. If you missed some our previous BiotensegriTea Parties, you can catch them on our YouTube channel.

the Archive has published a free resource for those interested in learning more about biotensegrity:
BX101
a self study survey course in Beginning Biotensegrity

The BX101 Beginning Biotensegrity Self Study Survey Course is free to download and share with others.


In biotensegrity, tensegrity structures regarded as force vector diagrams function as algorithms for the study of all biologic organisms, including their systems and subsystems, "from viruses to vertebrates" (Levin, 1980).

Stephen M. Levin, MD introduced and established the term “biotensegrity” as a branch of science. Biotensegrity posits that Kenneth Snelson’s and Buckminster Fuller’s architectural concept of "floating compression" (Snelson) or "tensegrity" (Fuller) applies to living systems from sub-cellular to whole-organism scale levels, and explains how biological structures develop by responding advantageously to physical forces.

During much of his career in both orthopedic surgery and manual medicine, Dr. Levin developed, refined, and taught the understanding and applications of biotensegrity. As a result, he has created a variety of presentations and research papers. Steve Levin has also collected and built scores of teaching models, and taken photographs and x-rays, generated slide show presentations, and amassed a collection of books and other materials germane to the study, and to the history, of biotensegrity. Today, he continues to do so!

Among other its other purposes, the Archive hopes to eventually make these, and all biotensegrity-related materials, accessible to the emerging community of researchers, clinicians, inventors, academics, systems scientists and other professionals who study biotensegrity, and to one day provide an institutional home so that these materials can be preserved and presented to optimal benefit of the public, so that the work of understanding the implications of biotensegrity can continue to expand. The Archive is additionally committed to preserving the integrity and authenticity of Levin's original concept while capturing and building on the knowledge Dr. Levin has accumulated.

Biotensegrity is a branch of science, just as chemistry, biology and calculus are, thus biotensegrity is not a proper noun. The Archive honors Dr. Levin's wish that it always be spelled and written: biotensegrity.


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